ADC surgeon selected as first to perform advanced daVinci surgery

Da Vinci tools mimic surgeon's hand

Dr. Francis Buzad, a surgeon with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC) is the first in Texas —- and one of the first in the nation —- to perform advanced robotic surgery to remove a gallbladder from a patient.

With a single incision that is less than one inch made through the belly button, Dr. Buzad — who is also a surgeon with the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center — removed three patients’ gallbladders each in less than 60 minutes.

Dr. Buzad performed the procedure on the patients January 20, 2012 using the FDA-approved Single-Site daVinci platform. He was assisted by ADC surgeon Dr. Louis Corne and a surgical team from St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

“This new daVinci platform has made a minimally invasive surgery even less invasive,” Thomas Payne, M.D., Medical Director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, said. “The Single-Site daVinci robotic platform is the next step in the natural progression of surgical technologies, and we are truly excited to be a leader today in the surgical platforms of tomorrow.”

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA approval on the new operating platform specifically for cholecystectomy procedures, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from four, down to one incision that is less than an inch in length.

“This Single-Site da Vinci robotic platform provides surgeons with amazing dexterity, control, and high-definition 3D vision, resulting in a surgical procedure with less scarring, minimal pain and a rapid recovery for patients,” said Dr. Buzad. “I am honored to be one of the first in the nation to be able to offer this significant surgical advancement to my patients who require gallbladder removal.”

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery and Dr. Buzad were selected specifically by Intuitive Surgical to be among the first in the nation to use this new daVinci platform, which will become available to the rest of the country over the next few months.

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center was launched in March 2011. It features an educational epicenter teaching best practices for hospital leadership, surgeons and surgical teams involved in the delivery of robotic-assisted daVinci surgery. The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery is an international treatment, training and research center that combines excellence in robotic-assisted surgery and outcomes with education and training.